Plug In Hybrids: Chevy Volt vs. Prius PHV

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Plug In Hybrids: Chevy vs. Prius PHV

By The Car Family July

Even after spending in these two vehicles it isn’t to tell you which one is best there isn’t a best. It depends. If you travel 50 miles or on a regular basis the Volt is the one to It is a great drive and comfortable at If you travel 12 miles of less the is the one to own. The difference is what after you travel your distance in each car. At time the Chevrolet Volt’s returns 34 mpg while the Prius 50 with ease. As for cost, the is priced around $40,000 and has yet to price its plug-in version of the Regardless, it will come in the Chevrolet due to the fact that many of the same parts as the Prius while Chevrolet’s is new and uses far more expensive to achieve its longer electric-only

In our case, the Prius is the better fit and the new models said to have the to control when that 13 of electric only extra pack will come use it makes it even more Why? Because when you are at speeds that Prius you 50 miles per gallon and when you hit you simple hit the electric power button and you aren’t going to use any for over ten miles. Indeed, on our 200 mile venture the Prius us 62.3 mpg. The Volt not have that feature, but offer superior interior and better highway ride.

each vehicle is easy and free. At night, when rates go down, you plug into a 110 outlet. It takes hours for the Prius and about or nine for the Volt as it has a far larger pack. Both cars the ability to charge more with a special 220/240 outlet connection.

If you like to drive fast the is very responsive and highly as a handling car. The weight of the battery pack that low in the frame makes cornering a The Prius has its extra battery in the area below the rear This location means the car does not have a spare We would buy a space saver and the trunk space if we were away from services. The and Volt both brake and you hardly notice when the gas turn start. The Volt is the performer overall. However, you hit the power button on the Prius you are to find yourself pleased the added acceleration. It can become

There is one variable here needs to be addressed and that is or not the extra cost of the additional pack in the Prius is going to be the few extra miles per gallon the standard Prius. After the plug in version only you a few extra miles of electric travel and it may costs several dollars more. In our case it be worth the extra. If we remembered to it in after six when the electric were lower and unplug it hours later we would not to buy any gas for months. This did not prove a for us. We also didn’t have to about range anxiety in of thee vehicles because if you to take a longer trip the gas fire up. Finally, there is consideration and that is the fact the is made in America and the Prius in We are not being xenophobic here, but the recent nuclear power problems in Japan and its impact on parts and vehicles one might availability for granted. On the other we have noted a few Chevrolet were asking a premium for the Volt.

Mom’s view: The Volt is a family sedan. It is easier to get in and out of and has the that we have been to over the years such as passing power and passenger That being said, I the maneuverability of the Prius more, it takes a longer time to get to its handling and braking characteristics the Volt felt more I would note here, if you drive more than 50 a day and take frequent long the Chevrolet Cruze may be a better It is a refined sedan with a trunk, priced at half of the cost, and gets 40 miles per on the highway. I found the Cruze the compact car Chevrolet has ever and well worth a test In terms of design, the Volt is a Everything is very well out with easy to read and comfortable seating. The Prius is basic. The rear seats less room and there is useful cargo space. The layouts on both are simple, but the offers more information you learn to manipulate the screen Neither car has a good GPS with the locking you out when the car is in motion and the being difficult to navigate. The also has a center stack is difficult to read and requires a learning curve.

Safety the Prius has driver and front Advanced Airbag System, and front passenger seat-mounted airbags, driver knee and front and rear side airbags. Toyota’s Star System features Enhanced Stability Control, Traction Anti-lock Brakes with Brake-force Distribution and Brake Crash tests for the regular have been good. we were testing a prototype we can surmise that the same would apply to the 2012 We always recommend ordering all the safety equipment which a Pre-collision System and Lane Assist. The Volt gets identical crash scores and features as a StabiliTrak electronic control system, front, and knee air bags in addition to a head-curtain air bags. Our test had the optional rearview camera and it well. Overall, I liked the best except for the center and visibility concerns.

Dad’s view: So alike and yet so these two plug-in sedans are the for those who can abide by their For example, batteries don’t do in extreme cold weather and isn’t a lot of cargo room in two. But for the majority of people, are a perfect fit. Research has that the average commute is 16 Now that means that of the people travel less, would make the Prius an fit. And for the other half, the would be ideal. Add to that the that many commutes are in traffic. In that case, are ideal because the engines down when traffic is

Engine wise, the Prius has a 1.8 engine that easily 98 horsepower and with the regular pack you can expect even power, especially since the motors offer immediate The Chevrolet Volt has a smaller with is its 1.4 liter seeking fuel, and with help the battery powered motors a similar thrust, but with engine noise. The Volt faster and reacts quicker to Advantage here to the Volt. As for my I would go with Prius for two It is well proven and will cost less.

Young woman’s view: Of note is the time for these two. the Volt has a larger battery it uses more household You do go further with that but it takes longer. Special charging stations that use a set-up are going to cost you a $2000 more. To me that worth it. However, if I had such a at work and could plug in my there it would be a real The battery packs are said to for at least a decade, but that does not seem to be an issue as Prius models have had a battery failure in hundreds of of miles.

For appeal it is all Volt. It comes with a lot of features such as alloy wheels, automatic heated mirrors, remote cruise control, auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth, a limited OnStar subscription, a touchscreen system, voice controls and a Bose stereo with player, audio jack, interface and more. There is a Premium Trim package and The Camera and Park Assist adds a rearview camera and and rear parking sensors. I the latter as the visibility outside the is more restricted than the So Volt is the winner for me even I much prefer the maneuverability of the It is just more trendy and up to

Young working male’s The Prius PHV is interesting in that you to control your demand for thrust or else the gasoline fires up. I learned to feather the is for no other reason than to listening to the groan of the 1.8 engine. The also has an exhaust note isn’t very pleasing, but you have to be so gentle with the pedal. The reason that people complain about gas mileage in the 40s with the Prius is they drive it like a or diesel only powered These vehicles require a driving style. Momentum is and taking advantage of there mileage tires and the vehicles low resistance is a must. You can easily speed going down the incline in these sedans having to use an throttle input. In driving both cars a lower gear to use to help the vehicle as they can pick up quickly on steep grades.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

I had a difficult time trying to the Prius PHV from the its trimmer, sister. The only clue was the in the left front fender houses the electric input There were extensive annoucning that this was the new in, but basically that was it. I was somewhat that the small door covers the Toyota’s plug in does not lock with the locking system. The Volt’s The Prius and the Volt both with a kit that enables you to it into any 110 outlet. Toyota 22 feet of cord and be well that you must not use any other The same goes for the Volt. I that Toyota should followed the Volt in having the receptacle lighted for night I also thought that the had a better system of tracking the left for a complete charge. It be noted that we were in a and that Toyota retail will surely have tweaks that will it more user friendly.

I am familiar with these and them reliable. The Prius a parallel-hybrid powertrain that is and when you use the power button, frisky. I did say. almost. The wheels are not nearly as nice as the and the brakes and steering are vague and For my use the Volt would be the choice. and not so bland.

Family conference: No clear but the one the fits our needs best is the The plug in model should be by 2012 and we have placed our on the waiting list. Why? it is going to have a proven record of reliability, high and fits our driving needs. We loved the Volt, but the pricing and mileage once the batteries are are a concern. If your daily needs are more aligned the Volt it is worth the price, but if you further the Chevrolet Cruze is a consideration. The Cruze is our pick for the of the compact gasoline powered at this time.

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